Joan Walsh Even Thinks the New York Times Is Racist


The only explanation for Salon editor Joan Walsh‘s latest racial musings is that she doesn’t read the New York Times or listen to black radio. (As if anyone ever thought Walsh actually consumed black media.)

In her new column, which always reads like a jaded mommy blog, Walsh examines recent remarks by conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh.

“Rush Limbaugh is having a lot of fun with the racial undercurrent of the [midterm election campaigns], in which the party without an agenda (Republican Party) is appealing to white voters based on their hatred of our first black president.”

Okay, that’s a typical Walsh sermon.

Here are the comments Rush made on Tuesday that Walsh is talking about:

Here you have five white [Democratic] women seeking reelection, they desperately need the black turnout. We just had a story today that in New Orleans only 5 percent of the black vote’s voted in early vote for [Louisiana Sen.] Mary Landrieu…if that’s all they get then it’s sayonara. And yet here’s the first black president, Barack Hussein Obama, and none of these white women want him anywhere near their campaign.

So how do we explain this? The explanation is the guy is toxic and will cause others who might want to vote for these white women to stay home. So they don’t want him anywhere near their campaign. And he said, “I don’t care, I don’t blame ‘em. They just gotta do what they gotta do to get elected.” In the meantime, the irony is the first black president is an albatross around the necks of five white women who need the black vote because he will hurt.

Walsh threw those comments in her blender and came out with this (her words): “Limbaugh makes plain the GOP’s midterm strategy, with the special twist of making Obama the scary black man menacing ‘five white women,’ the eternal story line of racists everywhere.”

She missed the Times article from two weeks ago that said a memo from a former Obama pollster says Democrats need blacks to turn out in order for the party to retain control of the Senate. It also notes the absurdity in that “the one politician guaranteed to generate enthusiasm among African Americans is the same man many Democratic candidates want to avoid: Mr. Obama.”

Limbaugh’s analysis (if that’s what you want to call it) is entirely based on that New York Times article. Obama himself said on Al Sharpton‘s radio show that for some Democratic candidates, it’s “tough” for them to have him show up in their state.

The only way Limbaugh is racist here is if the New York Times is as well. Though, surely Walsh has turned her watchful eye on the publication’s overbearingly white paper a time or two.

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